This post was sponsored by Poppie’s Paint Powder and Daddy Van’s Wax.
I’ve had this little shoe shine stool for about ten years now and at one point in time I painted it white and put it on my covered porch.
It sat by front door holding a potted plant.
Although it was far away from the elements, the heat and humidity did quite a number on the paint and gave it a natural crackle finish.
While I love a crackled look, I had never anticipated the mess that comes with it. It drops paint chips nonstop and since it now lives inside, that means I have to vacuum frequently.
I would move it to vacuum and it would drop paint chips in its new place, and then I would move it back to where it belonged and it would drop paint chips on the newly vacuumed area. So I finally decided to paint the sucker and be done with it.
I sanded all of the loose paint off until I had a smooth and even finish, then I wiped it down with a tack cloth to remove the dust.
DIY Chalk Paint
I used Poppie’s Paint Powder and Sherwin Williams sample paint to make my own DIY chalk paint.
Have you ever tried Poppie’s Paint Powder? It’s very affordable, mixes easily and can last in a sealed container for a couple of years after being mixed.
I’ve been testing this claim each month by dragging out the paint I had mixed up a couple months prior and using it for a new project. So far I’ve been completely satisfied with the old, previously mixed paint. I just stir it up like I would any other paint I would buy in a store and it’s ready to use. It hasn’t thickened or dried out at all.
Poppie’s Paint Powder is my favorite DIY chalk paint powder because it’s safe to use unlike Plaster of Paris, it doesn’t clump, and it can be used with any latex or acrylic paint which means your color choices are limitless!
For this project I chose a blue green latex paint from Sherwin Williams called Halcyon Green which is very similar to Annie Sloan’s Duck Egg Blue.
I measured out a cup of latex paint and put it into a sealable plastic container so that I could save the unused portion for later use.
I mixed the Poppie’s Paint Powder with water following the directions below and then added it to the latex paint and stirred well.
While I had my Poppie’s Paint Powder out, I mixed up a batch of Poppie’s Paint Powder and Sherwin Williams Kilim Beige which is a close match to Annie Sloan Old Ochre. I also mixed Sherwin Williams Antique White and Poppie’s Paint Powder for an upcoming project. Poppie’s has a very long shelf life after being mixed and so mixing the paint now will save me a step later when I’m ready to do the next project.
One coat of the Halcyon Green was all it took to cover the shoe shine stool. The paint went on smoothly and dried quickly.
I next used Sherwin Williams’ Kilim Beige/Poppie’s Paint Powder mix and dry brushed it on in random areas. The dry brushing dried immediately so I then took it outside for some heavy distressing.
I wanted to darken and enhance the color of the paint, so I applied Daddy Van’s Antique Brown decorative wax directly on top of the paint.
If you don’t want to cause a color change then you would need to use Daddy Van’s clear wax before using one of the decorative waxes. The clear wax seals and protects the paint color and then the dark wax would be used to highlight certain details or to give an aged look to a piece of furniture.
The neat thing about using this wax is that if you apply too much dark wax, then you just go over those areas with clear wax and the clear wax will remove the dark wax.
I’ve always dreaded waxing because it’s a major workout for the arms and shoulders, but Daddy Van’s totally changed my opinion on waxing furniture.
Daddy Van’s wax is made with all natural ingredients which prevents it from drying on furniture like other waxes.
You simply wipe a little bit on with a waxing brush or cloth. I used a cloth which worked just fine. Then you wipe off excess wax with a soft cloth. I just flipped the same cloth around and used one end for waxing and the other end for removing excess wax and buffing.
It’s better to use a small amount and more coats than using one thicker coat of wax.
So here she is but the color appears much lighter in the pictures than it actually is. This is a true duck egg blue. It’s a little deeper blue green with some off white mixed in.
I took these pictures outside to get natural lighting, but this piece will need to be used indoors since wax was used.